I was born and grew up within the older county boundaries of Northumberland, now annexed as Tyne and Wear. I spent some time in London before returning to the north in 1996.
Although I used to go on riding holidays as a teenager, I didn’t start walking regularly in the county until after moving back up here. I began walking in North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders with my partner and friends just before the foot and mouth epidemic. This period gave me an affecting insight into the fragility of the farming economy and the importance of respecting the countryside.
This frequent walking eventually led to my joining a walking group on the Scottish / English border, which gave me more opportunites to explore the Cheviot Hills and beyond. Many of my Northumberland day hike routes are available to download on Viewranger.
My first Northumberland distance walk was Hadrian’s wall followed by the St Cuthbert’s Way which crosses into Northumberland near Kirk Yetholm, the Pennine Way which passes through Northumberland, the Berwickshire Coastal Path which starts at Berwick, and the first part of the Northumberland Coast Path.
I started recording my walks on video in 2012 to share with others. Below is a link to my Northumberland playlist. I have included a few walks which cross over onto both sides of the border which I have put into both Scottish and Northumberland playlists.
Northumberland walks Playlist
I have also created a Tyneside walks playlist which can be done using public transport. There are now GPX routes on my Viewranger profile for these walks.
Tyneside walks Playlist